Lose Max Domi for a game? Win 5-1 against Florida. Lose Oliver Ekman-Larsson? Force overtime against the Vancouver Canucks.
The Arizona Coyotes could have left Rogers Arena with a regulation victory, but had to settle for a single point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks on Wednesday night in Vancouver.
The Coyotes did their damnedest to give Vancover an early lead by taking three penalties in the first period, but Louis Domingue had other plans. Scoreless game after 20.
1-0 Arizona: Tobias Rieder opened the scoring for the Coyotes on the power play. Michael Stone on the near-side point passed the puck to Alex Tanguay, who through the puck to Rieder in the middle of the slot. Rieder tipped Tanguay's pass over a sprawling Jacob Markstrom for a much needed first goal. Assists to Tanguay and Stone on the power play goal at 2:57.
2-0 Arizona: Kevin Connauton has been nothing short of a revelation on a blue-line that desperately needs more options. Connauton received the puck on the top of the near-side faceoff circle from Anthony Duclair behind the net, and with a defender in front of him Connauton picked the top glove-side corner of the net to double Arizona's lead. Assists to Duclair and Alex Tanguay on the goal at 7:41.
2-1 Vancouver: Somebody evidently forgot to tell Louis Domingue what Radim Vrbata's favorite move is. Klas Dahlbeck and Nicklas Grossmann were caught too far to the outside of their respective lanes, and Vrbata was able to streak in and use his signature forehand-backhand move to get the Canucks back in the game. Assist to Yannick Weber on the goal at 11:55.
2-2 Tie: After the Vrbata goal, Vancover found some life. A solid block by Viktor Tikhonov ricocheted to an area of the ice controlled by Vancouver. A tic-tac-toe play eventually made its way to Luca Sbisa on the point, as the Cauncks tied the game on his slap shot. Assists to Ben Hutton and Sven Baertschi on the goal at 17:38.
No scoring in the third period, though the Coyotes managed to get the better of the play for the most part.
3-2 Vancouver: The Canucks finally took it in overtime thanks to Jake Virtanen and Markus Granlund. On a condensed two-on-one rush, Virtanen's initial shot was saved, but the rebound bounced out to Granlund, who had a wide-open net for the game winner. Assist to Virtanen on the goal at 1:42.
|Arizona Coyotes||Vancouver Canucks|
|First Period Shots||10||15|
|Second Period Shots||13||6|
|Third Period Shots||9||6|
|Power Plays||1 for 1||0 for 4|
- For the Vancouver perspective, check out Nucks Misconduct.
- Kyle Chipchura returned to join the team after welcoming his first child into the world. He and Jiri Sekac were healthy scratches, along with Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who was ruled out that afternoon.
- After losing the shot attempt battle 27-16 in the first period, the Coyotes responded with a 22-13 effort in the second period.
- Rieder's goal was his first since February 5th at Anaheim.
- With assists on both goals, Alex Tanguay now has two goals and three assists in three games with Arizona.
- Granlund's game-winner was his first as a member of the Canucks.
- None of Vancouver's top three active scorers recorded a point tonight; it was the depth play that did Arizona in.
Arizona continues on to Calgary for a game against the Flames on Friday night. Puck drop is at 7 PM.